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Did you know gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease? Fortunately, the infection is mild in this stage and can be easily managed with proper treatment.
In many cases, gum disease may have few or no symptoms. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. People may have bad breath or notice their gums are swollen, red, tender, or even bleed slightly when flossing or brushing. Bleeding gums are never normal; it’s a sign that you have an infection and need to see a dentist to restore your oral health.
If the gum disease is not treated, it can lead to periodontitis. As the disease progresses, it causes the gums to pull away from the teeth. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Our dental experts at Family Dental Group include periodontists. Periodontists are dentists who completed an additional two years of training dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of gum conditions.
What Causes Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
The bacteria in your mouth can cause dental decay by eroding the enamel of teeth above the gum line. Bacteria can also spread below the gum line and erode the tissues and bone that hold teeth in place.
There are several factors that can lead to periodontal disease including:
- poor teeth brushing and flossing
- malocclusions (bad bite)
- poor nutrition
- pregnancy or other hormone changes
- systemic disease including diabetes
How is Gum Disease Treated?
During your dental visit, the hygienist and dentist will evaluate the health of your gums. Gum disease is a chronic illness. It is only reversible in the earliest stage (gingivitis). Once it advances, it needs to be managed regularly just like diabetes or any other chronic disease.
There are a variety of treatments depending on the progression of the infection. The most common is frequently referred to as a “deep cleaning.” This is scaling and root planing procedure that removes plaque from the tooth surfaces below the gum line (scaling) and smooths rough spots on the tooth roots (planing). This procedure removes the bacteria and creates a smooth surface for the gums to reattach to the tooth. In some cases, the dentist may also use antibiotics.”
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Dr. Leo checked my x-rays and showed me that I needed a cavity filled and the crown replaced. She expertly and painlessly took care of everything while making me feel comfortable and special. Liliane, her assistant was also very helpful in making me feel comfortable throughout the procedures. The Family Dental Group has taken care of myself and my wife well over a dozen years and they have helped…
Two of my children go here and the staff has gone above and beyond both times! We have had horrible experiences with dentists and let me tell you…the dentists here are absolutely amazing. Thoughtful, caring and tentative to each child’s needs. The reception staff have been absolutely amazing as well. Friendly and courteous as well as friendly to the kids. Highly recommend this place to…
Absolutely wonderful experience, every single time! Doctors, hygienists, receptionists, always smiling! Staff genuinely care about their patients and the kid friendly office is warm and relaxing! A+ recommendation!
The BEST quality of care!!! The staff is amazing, the doctors are very caring and gentle!!! I would never trust any other dentist office with my children as well as myself!!!
The care I received at Family Dental Group in Fishkill exceeded my expectations. I went in to have all my wisdom teeth removed and from the moment I stepped in for the initial consult, the receptionist and staff were friendly and accommodating. They answered all my questions, were friendly, and made me feel comfortable with the procedure I was to have done. The day of, everything was ready for me…
This was my first visit to Family Dental. I was greeted nicely as soon as I walked in. Filled out the new client paperwork, and was taken back to see the dentist all within 10 minutes. Dentist, assistant, receptionists, etc were all extremely friendly, informative, welcoming and helpful. A++
Great quality in dental care, kind and informative staff and clean office. As someone who has been receiving dental care for 10+ years here, I highly recommend this office!
I was scheduled for an 11:15 appointment for a cleaning with Ellen. There was no wait time at all. She answered any questions I had and did an excellent job. She has a great personalty and really knows how to treat her patients. Dr. Gelbart came to check his amazing work (lol) (smiling as usual). He created my great smile. He takes great pride in his work and making his patients feel important. I…
I live far away and was visiting relatives when I encountered a dental emergency. FDG gave me an immediate appointment and treated me like I had been their patient for decades. This was on a Saturday. Try that anywhere else.
I absolutely love this dental group Dr. Mila, the pediatric dentist and her assistants alway make sure my boys are comfortable and pay special attention to them during their visits. I was always nervous taking my boys to the dentist until we found this dental group, the boys look forward to going and myself and my husband have also become patients of the group. The staff is professional and accomm…
You cannot go wrong if Dr. Brown is your dentist! He is absolutely amazing. Patient, kind, and truly wants what is best for the kids he sees. My son is timid and gets nervous easily, but Dr Brown made him so comfortable, even told him he was proud of him. My son left beaming from ear to ear.
I was very pleased with my experience at Family Dental Group. It was good to be treated with professionalism and care. Everyone was very nice, and it is nice to be treated well since you are the patient in need of help. Caring, smiling and laughing is good atmosphere for patients.I was very well taken care of and will continue to come here.
I’m sitting here for the 2nd time this month, my son is getting some cavities filled and Dr. Mila is singing and he is giggling hysterically, trying not to move! I’m so happy we came here and so very satisfied with our experience and the staff here. I’ve never had such an awesome experience with a dentist before, Dr. Mila and her dental assistants (Mrs. Wendy !) are absolutely fa…
Absolutely great experience! Doctor Joe Debiase and his team are amazing. They do perfect work. Receptionists are always smiling and very helpful. This place is so nice for kids. Highly recommended this place to every family for theirs children. Thanks for all they do.
I was very happy with the work being done on my teeth, my mouth looks amazing dr.friedman is amazing I felt very comfortable not nervous at all. I feel like a new person great work the staff is amazing very polite, helpful looking for a dentist this is the place
Amazing dentists. Dr Stein & Dr Chernin have done so much amazing work on my teeth (mostly root canals and crowns). I choose to drive 30 minutes to this location to see Dr Chernin rather than go see another dentist at the location 2 minutes down the street from me. The rest of the staff is very friendly and helpful as well.
I am and have always been a very nervous and scared dental patient. After being absent from visiting any dentist for years, I decided it was time to be brave and give it a go. I restarted at Family Dental a few years back and they have always made me feel comfortable and at ease with any treatment I needed. I’ve had 4 wisdom teeth removed and a couple of fillings and I get my teeth cleaned e…
I went in on 8/30/17 for an initial consultation. I saw Drs. Oh, Ayuke, and Chernim. I was told all my teeth needed to come out (about 15 that were left). The consultation lasted about 2 hours total and in that time they answered all my questions, never made me feel rushed, and explained to me everything that would take place. The staff was amazing! I am terrified of dentists and was immediately p…
I had an implant put in Dr. Gelbart and his awesome dental assist James! They are both fantastic! They are both very comforting, very nice, knowledgable and I couldn’t ask for better service then what I have received!
In an expression of utmost gratitude I would like to thank Dr. Gelbart & his amazing staff for their contribution to the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. A donation of nearly 1000 toothbrushes toothpaste and dental floss have been distributed to the children of the storm ravaged town of Morovis, Puerto Rico who just recently returned to school 3 months after the devastation occurred. Thanks a…
I have an extremely high fear of dentists and had not been in over 30 years. Dr Neil Kesselman and his staff are incredible. Compassionate and caring and even though my fear isn’t gone I now know it’s not as bad as I thought it was. Very grateful to have found them and highly recommend them to anyone. Especially to those like me who are super scared. Dr Kesselman is very thorough with…
I would definitely recommend this place to my family and friends. The atmosphere is very welcoming and the staff is so very helpful. Katie, Rosie, Lisa and Jeannie, just to name a few of the friendly faces that work there.
I went in for a wisdom teeth extraction. I had went in for an initial consultation and Dr. Oh had informed me that I needed to get all four of them extracted. Dr. Oh was very thorough with what he needed to do and why. He suggested for me to call my insurance and have them expedite the process as he knew I was in pain. I was very nervous going into the surgery but Dr. Oh and his staff were AMAZING…
The atmosphere is very welcoming and the women at the desk are as helpful as ever!
My name is Allen. I’m 15. I started to see Dr. Mila Belgrade when I was younger and I remember my first visit with Dr Mila. I was so scared but Dr Mila helped change my view on dentists and since then I didn’t think of the trip to the dentist as scary but instead enjoyed my visit. Dr Mila and her assistant Wendy are two of the best dentists at Family Dental. They are kind, caring, and compassi…
Dr Mila is one of a kind! Very patient with my toddler. We enjoy going to the dentist.
Dr mila Belgrade and assistant eva are the best I feel happy how treat mia and very clean thanks
Dr.Mila and her assistant Ewa are excellent with young kids. I haven’t ever seen before a child gets excited about his or her visit to the dentist, but my children get. Dr.Mila and Ewa, are creative, patient, professional, kind and very careful. Dr.Mila definitely knows how to give kids a beautiful pain-free smile. Thank you so much!
I was horrified at the beginning because I hate going to the dentist, I am so afraid normally when I have to go but here I feel super comfortable. Dr. Gurfinkel and Terry are awesome. They were Very professional and gentle with me. I did not feel any pain and they did a great job. Also the hygienist, I do not remember her name she is wonderful, the receptionists also are so sweet and informative.…
This is a wonderful practice to bring children. My 20 month old, Sebastian meet Dr. Joseph DeBiase for his first dental visit. Dr. DeBiase was excellent at putting my little one at ease and making him feel comfortable during his cleaning. Everyone at the practice are very professional and make you feel welcome the minute you walk-in. Had a very pleasant experience.
Did not feel any pain while he gave me the needles, unbelievable! Friendliest staff!
Very thorough, efficient. Great staff.
Amazing work dentist and staff apply my needs very well love it there ❤
This office is absolutely, hands down the best place to bring children. My sons Ethan and Sean love it here, and this mom couldn’t be happier. Dr. Brown and his staff are amazing with my kids. Dr. Brown was born to be a Pediatric Dentist. The office is colorful and bright, and feels so welcoming. Thank you all for making both of my sons feel safe and comfortable. And thank you for making thi…
Dr. DeBiase is the best pediatric dentist! Knowledgeable, caring, and professional. I highly recommend Dr. Joe DeBiase!
This place is by far the best dental office. Such wonderful staff and Dr. Joe Debiase is excellent. I highly recommend this office to anyone.
Me and my sister makayla love Dr. joe! Everyone is friendly and my mom loves the practice
Great experience!! Dr. Joe is great, both of his assistants are amazing with the kids as well. So glad we found this practice!
Lili the hygienist was so sweet to my daughter!!!!
The staff are amazing. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. The one place to bring kids.
Dr. Debiase and the Staff was Great !!! This was awesome for my brother and sister they love it it’s super quick and easy too this is great
I went here for my Dental Cleaning and they are kind and very professional.
This was one of the best dental experiences I have had. The cleaning by hygienist Nikole was outstanding and thorough. The examination by Dr. Kesselman was extremely informative and genuine. The administrative staff and Lisa could not have been better. I would recommend this facility and specifically Nikole and Dr. Kesselman to anyone looking for top notch dental services.
Awesome staff. Friendly, fast, caring.. A+++++
I loved the service and treatment that I received a the facility/clinic of the Family Dental Group located in Fishkill.
Great visit. Staff was friendly and efficient. My Hygienist was very nice and informative.
The cleaning was fantastic Reena the higenist was the best hope to see her again
Great experience:). Friendly staff; hygentist and dentist were so nice!
This was the first time I have gone to any dentist and felt great at the end. I didn’t even feel like I was having a cleaning done.I had a professional taking the best care of me. I will be requiring her as long as she is available. Thanks for a great cleaning.
I went to Family Dental of Fishkill for the first time 2 weeks ago. I used the same dentist for over 30 years so I had a little apprehension to say the least! My dentist retired and I now live too far to go to that office. Well, to my delight, I found the entire staff to be friendly, helpful, professional and courteous. Love the ladies at the front desk! The office is clean and up to date. My hygi…
I have been using Family Dental Group for 17 yrs. I needed a good gums dentist. Ihave always been pleased with any work I had done.
Everything was great
Had an appointment yesterday with my 2 special needs kids. What an absolute AWESOME Dr Mila was. She was so sweet and caring. My kids absolutely loved her. And she didn’t mind the many questions. Even when she was busy in my kids mouth. Very professional, knowledgeable, and caring.
Amazing staff ,Very friendly ,very clean my kids love the visit every time .
The hygienist was wonderful. Very professional. The doctor check inform me that my dental health is good and continue dental home care.
They were very good at what they do
I had a cleaning done with Star. She is one of the best hygienists I have ever been to. The whole office was pleasant and I enjoyed my experience.
Excellent service and care
my family ALWAYS has a wonderful experience. Nicole is the BEST.
Thye were very helpful and efficient.
Dr Mila is amazing! Thank you for making my daughter feel so comfortable and not scared at all I appreciate you and all that you do !
I take both of my boys here that are 4 and 2. I absolutely love them! The dentist is so good with the kids and my kids love going to the dentist! I recommend going here or bringing your kids here.
The staff is kind curtious and friendly. They put you right at ease. The dentists are gentle, informative, and warm.. I would highly recommend !!!!
TRUST ME…ONE HYGENIST IS NOT THE SAME AS ANOTHER…LESHA…IS A CUT ABOVE…GOD BLESS HER PROFESSIONALISM AND HER GENTLE AND CARING TOUCH. A CREDIT TO THE FAMILY DENTAL GROUP …
Renne is amazing hygienist i never want anyone else again
I had a tooth emergency this weekend & rarely go to the dentist. (I know, I know) I used to go to Beacon Dental, but didn’t like it there anymore. Anyway, I was having tooth pain & remembered my friend Demi worked at Family Dental Group in Fishkill, NY. I figured I’d give them a shot. I reached out to her last minute and within a half hour I was on my way to the office. I was…
The doctor listen and explain very well
We love this office, everyone is very polite. My son is 9 and he isn’t afraid of getting a cavity filled…..great Dentist!!!!!!
This was my first visit to Family Dental in Fishkill. As soon as I arrived, I was greeted by the ladies at the front desk. I filled out the new client paperwork and was taken in the back to see the dentist, all within 10 minutes. The dentist I saw, as well as his assistant, were lovely. Everyone seemed very knowledgeable, caring, kind, and definitely experienced. I had a few small cavities filled,…
My husband loved his first experience taking our very scared & nervous 5 yr old for some cavity emergency work. We were all pleased parents & kids alike.
Dr. Saintil and her assistant were excellent. So glad we chose to go here.
It never ceases to amaze me how much knowledge the staff has when it comes to the patients care. This is the most knowledgeable Dentist Group and staff that I have come across in my nearly 60 years of existence.
Dr Friedman explained everything in detail. Staff was warm and inviting. Filling forms out on line was much better than doing forms in the office before the appointment. Would recommend this Dental facility highly.
Dr. Gelbart made a difficult situation seem easy.
Friendly receptionists and professional doctors. Love the way they send emails/texts to confirm appointments. They do such a great job every visit and the experience is always great.
I was seen as soon as I walked in and the level of care was exemplary. I am not a fan of going to the dentist, but was quickly put at ease by the professional staff here at Family Dental. Dare I say it, but I may actually be looking forward to my next visit!
I have enjoyed my visit very much. The staff are very well educated and explain the procedures before doing them. The staff are very friendly and attended to my every need. The environment is very positive and I felt very comfortable and relaxed while my teeth were being worked on. Highly recommended dentist!
I am writing for myself (Elisa) and my husband who both went to this office in the past week. They are exceptional – from Stacy at the desk to Melissa, to Liliana to Dr. Chernin – they handled our concerns with care, and explained things in detail so we could understand and make informed decisions. Dr. Chernin was amazing – I did not feel a thing when she extracted a tooth. After…
I have used many dentists throughout my life, and I find the Family Dental Group to be among the most supportive, gentle, and competent teams I’ve visited.
The service was great and my tooth feels fine. No pain dentistry is always best!
Love, love , love my hygienist Lesia she is the best. I have been. Her patient for years she is extremely thorough when cleaning my teeth she really cares. I also love Dr Gelbart and my other dentist I have always had good experiences with them.
First time there due to an emergency situation.The staff and Dr. Kesselmen were very friendly, efficient and most accommodating to myself and wife. Would definitely recommend this group. Wish they had a practice like this in Florida!
I had a great experience at the Family Dental Group Fishkill. The staff was great – kind and cordial. My doctor was great as well. I would definitelt recommend this dental group.
Pleasant and did a nice job. Addressed my concerns and had someone give evaluation.
My surgery was quick and easy, all the staff were super nice and made sure To go over everything when they did it and what I needed to know for post surgery. Great experience!
After not being to a dentist for a couple years – I Had such a great experience at family dental. Nicole did such a nice job with my cleaning and was so nice and professional. The receptionists were so helpful with scheduling my next appointment and so friendly as well.
It was a pleasure to be seen by Dr. Oshman. She made my periodontal disease seem manageable. She educated me on care of my teeth and gums. She was honest and friendly and approachable. She’s a great addition to the practice.
The people there are very helpful and I really appreciate the care they provided. Good job!
Fast and everyone was kind. Was my first cleaning with the practice and my best one ever. The care when taking X-rays was also appreciated. Switching my entire family.
I came in for my first time, experiencing severe tooth pain and the hygienist and dentist were amazing and so caring. I got my tooth out and as bad as that is, my experience with them was amazing. I will definetly be back.
they know exactly what to do … they don’t waste any time they like to help
Go here for dental implants!
My family and I love this Dental group. The staff is very friendly and they make your visit enjoyable. Dr. Mila Belgrade is so nice she makes your visit very comfortable and she is easy to talk to if you need advice. My brother and my cousins really enjoy having her as their dentist. My dentist is Dr. Atwell she is great, she makes your visit very enjoyable. She is really kind and makes sure that…
Dr. Gurfinkel and Terry are great! They listen, are so kind and make me feel comfortable.
Swift to assess the problem: quick, concise, and sure with the fix, and immediate care to address the blown-out molar. Amazing, really; and minimal to zero pain! Impressed with high level of professionalism and care. It’s why we’ve been patients of Family Dental since 1997!
I think Lesia is an amazing hygienist. She is very thorough and never causes any pain!
Dr Kesselman was excellent. Did a root canal for my wife. He was caring and thoughtful to our needs and concerns.
Although I was there to have several teeth extracted i did feel very at ease. The assistant Trisha was great by taking to me about music and kids I felt very comfortable even though I knew what was coming. I have been a patient of Dr. Ayuko for many years and will only let him be my dentist
professional and rewarding experience
The service at the front desk is top notch, very helpful and friendly. Ellen, my hygienist, is the best. She always does a great job.
The dentist was wonderful. He had genuine concern and my visit was pain free and he took his time explaining everything he was going to be doing. I’ve been a patient at family dental for over 20 years and never had one negative experience.
Dr. Gurfinkel and Terry are the BEST! Terry is so funny and immediately made me feel comfortable, which is rare because i hate going to the dentist. They both made my visit very fun, and super quick!
Great professional family oriented service…from the front desk to the back, all were amazing. Michelle, Kristen, Katarina and of course Dr G.
Excellent hygienist and dentist. Friendly, knowledgeable and gentle.
Margaret and Dr. Oh are the best team in the world. I was terrified at the beginning of my appointment and they made me feel so comfortable. I will be telling anyone that will listen about my EXCELLENT experience. Thank you!!!
Dr Ayuko is the most gentle Dr. ever perfectionist and very concentrated in his work , Desiree his Assistant is very well versed in her job and does it well I always feel comfortable when I am there . thank you for being the best .
Dr. Friedman and Jessica did a great job straightening my teeth with the invisalign treatment. I am very happy with the results and Dr. Friedman is very attentive to his patients. Thank you.
I needed work done due to a chipped crown. The assistant and the dentist were both very professional, courteous, friendly, and informed me of everything they were doing. They were also helpful with my additional questions as I feel I may need/ want other work on my teeth.
The staff was excellent especially Rosie, Margaret(a sweetheart), and Dr OH!! I was impressed and pleased. I would recommend this office to all who needs dental care. It was an absolute pleasure!!
I have been going to Lesha for years for my hygiene cleaning. She is professional, excellent at what she does, and a super super human being. Family dental should honor her in many ways for her outstanding service her patients.
I’ve been here on multiple occasions in a short period of time and have always had a pleasant experience. Every staff member I’ve crossed paths with has been kind, professional, and efficient. I would absolutely recommend to anyone who needs any sort of dental work.
Dr. Gurfunkel and Terry work like a well oiled machine. Each knows what the other is thinking. Amazing Duo!!
The place is amazing and Rene James dr gurfinkel is amazing they are loving caring.melanie and Kristen I can’t say how wonderful they are this staff is great Dawn P
Great staff from front desk to hygienist to the dentist. I am impressed.
I went in that office being so nervous and anxious because of my previous experiences with other dentists but the staff at Family Dental Group was absolutely outstanding!! A special thanks to Rosie, Margaret (such a sweetheart), and Dr OH. That team was phenomenal!! I’m recommending the Family Dental Group for your dental work!!
every one there is great. there very caring and they check on you after every major dental work
Excellent. The staff and professionals are very knowledgeable and friendly
You couldn’t ask for a better person to deal with than Jessica. I notice other reviewers have praised her as well and they are right. I’m 31 and I admit that I’m a big baby at the dentist and I only try to go when Jessica is there because one of the other assistants made me feel uncomfortable. I also like Dr. Ayuko and Katerina at the front desk.
All the staff were friendly and welcoming.
Very professional and kind staff. Everything was done on time and as explained. Felt very well taken care of and understood.
Michelle, the hygienist, was awesome!
Just had my teeth cleaned…….Hygenist was gentle and thorough!
Punctual, didn’t wait more than five minutes to be seen. Staff always friendly. Have been using Nikole the hygienist for many years. She is wonderful.
It was a great experience
Great dentists, wonderful staff!! Best dental office ever!!
My children and I love Dr. Mila Belgrade and Nicole! They were very gentle and made us laugh throughout the appointment and that helped put the boys at ease!
I have been a patient of Family Dental Group for nearly 20 years. I have the highest regard for Dr. Gelbart and his staff.
They are super nice and helpful! Dr. Yuoko is a very nice and funny dentist, and helped my kids accomplish their dental work! I would recommend this dentist office.
Luckily for my teeth, I have been going to Family Dental Group for 30 plus years. Dr. Michael Gelbart has been an excellent dentist for both my husband and I. My husband had an implant and was good to go after one week…..when he got the final implant…..NO waiting for 6 months!!! Dr. Gelbart and his crew keep up to date with the latest techniques. I love my hygienist, Lesia. Lesia does…
I have been a patient of Family Dental Group Fishkill for about 7 years. I have had dental problems my entire life and have been worked on by numerous dentists. I have never had a better dentist work on me than Dr. Stein. He is fast and painless and does excellent work. Although I have had so much work done, I am always terrified and Dr. Stein has always managed to make me feel calm and make it a…
Amazing Dentist, and wonderful nurses, especially Nurse Ellen! Family Dental Group is the way to go.
I have been to this dental office for about 15 years. I may be a dentist’s best case scenario because of my relatively excellent oral/dental health (or was that a dentist’s worst case scenario ;-). However, I do have my cleaning done at the Family Dental Fishkill 3-4 times a year. And I think the Fishkill office has one of the best dental hygienists, Leisa! Her professionalism, the way…
The Dentists and the staff are wonderful
Everybody is great to work with.
Front end staff — professional, courteous and efficient. Dentist to dental assistant are knowledgeable, caring, and have great attention to detail. Great dental group — awesome! Thanks a million Rosie !
I was brought right in and made very comfortable. They explained everything and made the procedure as easy as possible
I’ve been going to Family Dental for a little over a year now and all the work they do is great. I see Dr.Gurfinkel and her assistant Terry and I highly recommend them. They make you feel comfortable and let you know everything that they’re doing. It’s always a pleasure and they make it a memorable experience.
I don’t mind going to the dentist at all . Everyone is such a pleasure from the girls up front to everyone in back ! Margaret and Christine were making me laugh the whole visit on Wednesday . Great dr’s also
Appointment was on time. Best novacaine stick I’ve ever had. Friendly staff.
Always a great experience! My hygienist Nicole is the best! I won’t go anywhere else! Highly recommend!!!